LOOKING FOR REVENGE
Defeated in the Euro 2016 final by a young German team, Spain nonetheless qualified directly for the 2017 World Championship. La Roja was still hurt by the defeat, and became the major absentee from the Olympic Games in Rio, because Slovenia and Sweden finished ahead of it in the Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Scandinavia. Along with Croatia, Denmark and, of course, France, La Roja has shone brightly for 20 years on the international podiums and wants to continue this tradition in January 2017. Following his great success in leading the Brazilian team (quarter-finalists), Jordi Ribera succeeded Manolo Cadenas as coach to lead the national team. Although its pride is injured, the team has never been short of talent. An example is the emergence of Alex Duishebaev, son of the great Talant who carried the Spanish team to their first international podium.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Spain has not missed a World Championship since 1974. In France, this will be their 17th consecutive participation. However, La Roja have waited nearly 30 years to win their first medal: gold in 2005 in Tunisia. They then won the bronze in 2011 and repeated the victory at home in 2013.
Stars of the World Championship : Alex Dujshebaev
Stars of the World Championship : Valero Rivera
COACH: Jordi RIBERA (Spain)
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